Bingham Bouncing Back With Community Fund Support

The social impact of the Covid pandemic hit hard across many communities and nearby Bingham was just one that felt the affect.

The Bingham community centre hadn’t been active for around three years until a new committee stepped up recently to build it back its full potential and capacity.

Highlights include setting up a drop in cafe providing food and drinks for local people to meet and catch up, a very successful knitting class, family bingo nights and with support from City of Edinburgh Council the Kids Club restarted.

But more support was needed, and the committee members made a successful application to the Cameron Toll Community Fund to boost the Kids Club with arts & crafts materials and sports equipment for outdoor activities.

Mary McGovern, committee member at Bingham Community Centre said: “When the pandemic hit, the community centre effectively shut down and it’s only recently that with support from local organisations and a new committee that we’ve been able to start to bring it back to life.  The support from the Cameron Toll Community Fund will let us buy new resources for our Kids Club and we’re thankful for that support.”

Claire Jefcoate, Centre Manager at Cameron Toll, said: “Bingham is only a short distance from the centre and when we heard about the great work the committee members were doing to rebuild the impact that the Community Centre has on the area we were happy to help.  As well as a financial contribution we also donated activity books, mini colouring pencil sets, and water bottles in tote bags for the children who visit the community centre.”

Groups and organisations interested in making an application to the Cameron Toll Community Fund should visit www.camerontoll.co.uk/community-fund/ to download an application form.